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The Rape of Nanking [electronic resource]

Over the course of six weeks in 1937-38, Imperial Japanese forces massacred hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and prisoners of war as the Empire of the Rising Sun turned China's capital, Nanking, into a veritable Hell on Earth. This program seeks both to expose and to understand that shocking outrage against humanity through the testimonies of the last surviving Japanese veterans and the recollections of Chinese eyewitnesses. Rarely seen newsreel and amateur footage, uncensored personal photos, and excerpts from diaries are interspersed throughout. No human rights video collection can be considered complete without an account of the atrocity that history has labeled the Rape of Nanking. Some content may be objectionable.
2008; 2007

Inside a Gunshot Victim [electronic resource]

It was an otherwise ordinary evening when a gunman walked into a pub and shot an innocent man seven times at point-blank range with a Makarov semiautomatic. After re-creating the crime, this program tracks the victim from the scene of the shooting, to surgery, to intensive care, to recovery and ongoing therapy for PTSD as it addresses the treatment of his wounds through expert commentary supported by 3-D computer graphics and OR footage. The program also uses ballistics data, high-speed photography, and wound photos to graphically illustrate the effects of a variety of firearms-and to underscore the senselessness of carrying a gun just to be "cool." An excellent emergency medicine case study, Inside a Gunshot Victim also has definite value as an aid in deterring youth violence.
2008; 2006

To Catch a Liar [electronic resource]: Alternatives to the Polygraph

With the help of cutting-edge science, the criminal justice and counterintelligence communities have declared a new war on deception. In this program, recent advances in lie detection technology are put to the test. Viewers will encounter alternatives to polygraph testing currently in development in the U.S. and Australia-such as thermal imaging of facial blood flow and MRI scanning that analyzes memory, inhibition, and emotion centers in the brain. Prominent experts-including Dr. Andrew Ryan of the U.S. Department of Defense Polygraph Institute and Dr. Mark George, Director of the Center for Advanced Imaging Research at the University of South Carolina-share their knowledge in the program.
2009; 2006

Forensic Fraud [electronic resource]

In today's judicial system, guilt or innocence can often be proven by science. DNA is a witness that can send a criminal to the death chamber or exonerate an innocent man. However, this increasing reliance on science may not always make the system more just. This episode of Investigative Reports examines several cases of crime lab fraud in Chicago, where some forensic scientists have misrepresented evidence in reports and on the witness stand. We also explore cases in which prosecutors, the police, or the defendants themselves tainted DNA evidence.

Recognizing Child Abuse [electronic resource]: Physical Abuse

After watching this program, viewers will be able to identify many of the specific symptoms of physical abuse, describe the responsibility that professionals have in identifying and reporting abuse, understand the context and prevalence of child abuse in society, describe some of the behaviors that abusers can exhibit when communicating with caregivers, and discuss some of the behaviors that children may exhibit that are indicative of an abused child. Evidence of physical abuse-soft-tissue injuries, skeletal injuries, head injuries, abdominal injuries, and inflicted traumatic brain injuries-are illustrated in detail.

Recognizing Child Abuse [electronic resource]: Sexual Abuse

After watching this program, viewers will be able to identify the acts and behaviors that are considered sexual abuse, describe the responsibility that professionals have in identifying and reporting sexual abuse, understand the context and prevalence of sexual abuse in society, describe some of the behaviors that abusers may exhibit when communicating with caregivers, and discuss some of the behaviors that children may exhibit that could be indicative of a sexual abuse. Incest, molestation, exhibitionism, child pornography, and child prostitution are covered, with specific emphasis on methods used by abusers to pressure children into sexual activity.

Are You Good or Evil? [electronic resource]

This program seeks to determine if there is a physical source behind people's moral impulses and whether notorious psychopaths, clearly deficient in morality, are in actuality "born bad." Are You Good or Evil? uses brain scans to compare and contrast the brains of law-abiding and criminal adults; considers brain scan evidence suggesting that psychopaths have abnormalities in the part of the brain that deals with emotions and impulses; and shows how scientific assessments of brain scans and upbringing can be combined to predict the likelihood of whether a child will grow up to be a criminal. The video also speculates as to whether a plea of "defective moral hardwiring" could be used as a defense in court.

The Brain and Violence [electronic resource]: Secrets of Your Mind

Are some people predisposed to violence? Is there a region of the human brain that can be linked to evil? What is it like inside the mind of a psychopath? This ABC News program explores those questions as it follows cutting-edge work in psychology and neuroscience. Viewers visit death row for a close-up look at Tommy Lynn Sells and Joel Rifkin, two notorious case studies in psychopathology, and meet the distraught father of Chris Benoit, the pro-wrestler who murdered his family and then killed himself. Doctors describe how they believe Benoit had suffered extensive brain damage in the ring that drove him to murder-and how the same kind of impairment has also been found in football players who met tragic ends, after years of concussions and sub-concussive injuries on the field.

The Monster Inside [electronic resource]

American Justice examines the disturbing case of two college students murdered in San Luis Obispo, California. Although there were no witnesses or physical evidence, police suspicion fell on Rex Allen Krebs, who had been jailed for rape 11 years earlier. Ultimately, Krebs confessed to his involvement. This program examines the controversy surrounding the case, including that he was sentenced to death despite the fact that he demonstrated remorse, actively sought counseling, and had been severely abused as a child.

Murder by Numbers [electronic resource]

The series Gangland examines some of America's most notorious street gangs. Employing interviews and rare footage, this documentary is a raw look inside gangs and the agencies that are working against them. This episode explores the world of Los Angeles' 18th Street Gang. Ruthlessly violent, the predominantly Latino gang numbers almost 20,000 members and practices extortion, drug dealing, and other crimes. Now branching out across the country, the gang will accept anyone in, but no one can ever leave.

Recognizing Child Abuse [electronic resource]: Neglect and Emotional Abuse

After watching this program, viewers will be able to clearly define what constitutes neglect and emotional abuse, give several examples of neglect and emotional abuse and their effects on children, describe the responsibility that professionals have in identifying and reporting neglect and emotional abuse, understand the context and prevalence of neglect and emotional abuse in society, describe some of the behaviors that abusers may exhibit when communicating with caregivers, and discuss some of the behaviors that children may exhibit that could be indicative of a neglected or emotionally abused child.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jim Fallon, Exploring the Mind of a Killer

Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? The answer lies somewhere in intermingling of nature and nurture that shapes brain development. In this TEDTalk, Jim Fallon - Sloan Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and UC Irvine Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology - shows how brain scans and genetic analysis may uncover the faulty wiring in the minds of murderers. He also shares a piece of family history that makes his work chillingly personal.

Evidence and Forensics [electronic resource]: Due Process

No matter how careful they are, criminals almost always leave some trace of their identity behind. In this program, legal and forensic experts explain different types of evidence and how each is gathered and used in court. The work of various forensic specialists is described, and the Hollywood version of crime scene investigation is compared to what really happens at a site and in the lab. The video also looks at a few drawbacks of digital evidence and at how fingerprinting stacks up against DNA samples-the new gold standard in crime detection.

Childhood Sexual Abuse [electronic resource]

Childhood sexual abuse affects all social and economic groups. Psychiatrists, social workers, and law enforcement officials explain how the pattern of abuse is frequently spread throughout the family; why children can be manipulated into silent acceptance of abuse; the signs of sexual abuse and how and to whom they should be reported; the reliability of children as witnesses; teaching prevention skills to children; and under what circumstances treatment of sex abusers can be effective. From The Doctor Is In.
2005; 1990

Forensic Science [electronic resource]: Shred of Evidence

This fascinating documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the secret and secretive world of forensic science. Visiting Scotland Yard's laboratories-reputedly the finest such laboratories in the world-the program shows how modern technology can turn a particle of sand or a piece of thread into a clue that leads to solving a crime.
2006; 1984

Facing Evil [electronic resource]

This program offers the intimate testimonies of eloquent men and women as they discuss their dramatic confrontations with the force of evil-and the discovery that exploring evil leads to revelations about goodness. Among those featured in the broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, who speaks of being raped as a child; scholar Raul Hilberg, who discusses the Holocaust; philosopher Philip Hallie, who speaks of his experiences as a soldier in World War II; and Dr. Samuel D. Proctor, minister and educator, who tells of the racial hatred he has experienced. They are joined by dancer, choreographer, and author Chung-Liang Al Huang and former U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan. This program with Bill Moyers offers an unusual series of personal testimonies on the persistent question of the relatio [...]
2006; 1987

Unearthing Evil [electronic resource]: Archaeology in the Cause of Justice

By grim coincidence, archaeologists are ideally suited by their conventional techniques to determine whether or not war crimes have been committed. This program looks at forensic archaeologist Richard Wright, whose work has greatly helped the international community in the pursuit of justice. The program shows details of his team's findings at the Ukrainian village of Serniki, proving with such evidence as bullet manufacture and carbon dating that the SS had carried out the executions, not Stalin's soldiers. Based on this work, Wright was asked by the UN to investigate 29 mass graves in Bosnia. The excavations helped convict the perpetrators of some of the most heinous ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.
2006; 2000

Talk to Me [electronic resource]: Dynamics of Hostage Negotiation

I want doctors! I'm gonna kill doctors! I want white coats! In 1993, gunman Damacio Torres shot up the Los Angeles County-USC Healthcare emergency room and took two hostages. Using the Torres case as a springboard, this program explains the tricky business of hostage negotiation while seeking to understand the mentality of hostage-taking. Psychologist Kris Mohandie, SWAT team supervisor Lt. Michael Albanese, and former hostage Anne Tournay, all present that day, offer keen observations on the five-hour standoff. Psychologist John Potter, of Exeter University, and Stephen Romano, of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, provide additional insights.
2005; 2001

To Catch a Killer [electronic resource]: Use and Abuse of Criminal Profiling

In 2001, the last piece of a serial rape/murder case that had tantalized London police for nearly 20 years finally fell into place. In this program, retired FBI profiler Robert Ressler, LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie, and British law enforcement professionals discuss the history and techniques of criminal profiling within the context of the Railway Rapist crimes that terrorized greater London during the 1980s. In addition, the sensational case of Rachel Nickell, murdered in broad daylight on Wimbledon Common in 1992, illustrates how profiling improperly applied can hijack an investigation. Forensic psychologist Gisli Gudjonsson, of King's College London, provides commentary on that crime.
2005; 2001

Mad or Bad? [electronic resource]: Psychologically Assessing Criminal Competence

Sane or insane? Court verdicts and parole decisions alike often hinge on that single crucial question. This program explores the intricacies of psychiatric evaluation and parole risk assessment with forensic psychologist Jeremy Coid, clinical psychologists, a probation officer, and others. The Yorkshire Ripper serial murders, the London Nail Bomber case, the Ipswich Rapist case, the 1999 attack on a London church congregation by a naked sword-wielding man, and a parole review involving a composite serial pedophile-a case that neatly illustrates the challenge of balancing society's right for safety against a convict's right to be treated fairly-are profiled.
2005; 2001